MAKING A BOWIE KNIFE WITH TWIST DAMASCUS!!! Part 1

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  • Published on May 3, 2018
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  • night-_- shadowxx
    night-_- shadowxx 2 days ago

    Or if you work in a book company you can read the book for free :p

  • Michael Royer
    Michael Royer 3 days ago

    I have to say, Liam Hoffman's book "Forged" helped me IMMENSELY in setting up my first little backyard workshop. He also offers some invaluable advice about the learning curve when starting this trade

  • John John
    John John 6 days ago

    Never seen a forger with a full face ventilator mask. I mean idk what's in your shop but its just unusual to me. You do you I'm not trying to bash or nothin just thought it out of the ordinary

  • Jack M
    Jack M 6 days ago

    Lmao the "twist and shout" song

  • Angus Kong
    Angus Kong 10 days ago

    Aleec,why do use a stick in this video Bose a might or tig to tac them together?

  • Ron Finley
    Ron Finley 10 days ago

    For twisting couldn't you use an impact driver and just shape one end to fit in a socket

  • Cody Price
    Cody Price 11 days ago

    Hey sir keep it up I really enjoy your Channel have you ever thought about cold rolled steel

  • AmericanGunner
    AmericanGunner 14 days ago

    Make a sword hand forging

  • Colonial Roofing of North Carolina

    Lol counter clockwise

  • trife life
    trife life Month ago

    Make a something to send to your fans 😉

  • Elion Kilos
    Elion Kilos Month ago

    mate, move back home, your accent is fading with every video hahaha

  • The Visionarie Girl
    The Visionarie Girl 2 months ago

    Can you make a bow and arrow out of Damascus.

  • Console Peasant
    Console Peasant 2 months ago

    Oh snap this was uploaded on my birthday 👀

  • Daniel Nunya Bidnezz
    Daniel Nunya Bidnezz 2 months ago

    The twisting close-ups montage... that's some good VSMR. :-)

  • alan snack bar
    alan snack bar 2 months ago

    Why don’t you go on forged in fire?

  • Stephen Petersen
    Stephen Petersen 2 months ago

    I just realized something, Alec is the top gear of forge welding. You don't have to a die hard blacksmith to enjoy the cinematography.

  • Jacob Shumway
    Jacob Shumway 2 months ago

    You should make a double sided axe

  • Sam Harper
    Sam Harper 2 months ago

    Alec, what do I do if I want a 3/16" kiss block?

  • UStinman 84
    UStinman 84 3 months ago

    Your work is amazing Your videos of the best Unbelievable content Thanks for sharing

  • russ533mj
    russ533mj 3 months ago

    Plugging Liam on your channel......good show!

  • smith8926
    smith8926 3 months ago

    How about doing a twist with a tear drop pattern?

  • Zoekagames
    Zoekagames 3 months ago

    do you even twist bro

  • Hdjd Bdjd
    Hdjd Bdjd 3 months ago

    Is the flaking bad ?

  • Ben Nixey
    Ben Nixey 3 months ago

    can anyone tell me how I can get one of Alec's hammers. i checked the wedsite but couldn't find anything other than shirts and mugs and stuff like that.

  • Logan Ketron
    Logan Ketron 3 months ago

    He always uses WAY too much steel....

  • mark jackson
    mark jackson 3 months ago

    your videos have easily become some of my favorites to watch

  • Galileo FaVulcann
    Galileo FaVulcann 3 months ago +1

    What is the white powder you always put on Damascus? Sorry if I sound stupid, I'm curious.

    • Tychohuybers
      Tychohuybers 3 months ago

      It's flux, it's used when forge welding because if a piece of steel is covered in the stuff, it can't oxidize.
      If you don't use it, your damascus probably won't even forge weld, but if it does, you'll be left with a very clear black line between two layers.

  • that kid
    that kid 3 months ago

    You should challenge yourself by making a Damascus sword

  • hans DE SMET
    hans DE SMET 3 months ago

    What about a Napoleontic Saber....?

  • Anti Antifa terrier
    Anti Antifa terrier 4 months ago

    I think my favorite thing about these videos is watching the scale flake off.....hahahahaha @ 8:18 just as I’m typing this Alec said his favorite thing is watching the scale flake off😄

  • Nicolas Mureau
    Nicolas Mureau 4 months ago

    Just a question for anyone that could know : is there a French translated version of the "Forged" book ? I'd love to read it but i'm not THAT familiar with reading in English, as a Frenchie who reads almost every book in French (the only exception would be like, Harry Potter or something) Thanks to anyone who can answer this, else i'm just gonna buy it anyway but yeah it'd be perfect to have a full understanding of it so it can guide me to my dream of being a good blacksmith. Also thanks for all the content u make Alec Steele, i've joigned ur channel for a little while now and everything u do is inspiring me for the future so thank you very much cuz u make me closer and closer of my dream by making me learn alot of things on blacksmithing :D

  • Tyger Potter
    Tyger Potter 4 months ago

    WHAT is that song?!
    MUST add to Work Music!!

  • matthew clark
    matthew clark 4 months ago

    Why wouldn't you have milled the steel before surface grinding it it would have drastically cut down on the time

  • Allen Morris
    Allen Morris 4 months ago

    Damn Austen powers had a kid!!!

  • Phat Horse
    Phat Horse 4 months ago

    All I see is giant hot Cheetos, twisted steel looks delicious.

  • Raynman Gaming
    Raynman Gaming 4 months ago

    Man, those medieval screws sure are different than the kind we use today.

  • Isus Nazarećanin
    Isus Nazarećanin 4 months ago

    I gotta say those are some damn amazing shots on the twisting action, VERY good camera angle, background and focus, I loved it so much

  • Johns Thomas
    Johns Thomas 4 months ago

    i would spend all day trying to create damascus knifes if i could afford the tools

  • Marco Dalmatini
    Marco Dalmatini 4 months ago

    This guy looks like Harry Potter, but its manlier then Hulk Hogan.. Great craftsmanship!!

  • The First
    The First 4 months ago

    ما اسم الماده التي ترشها على الحديد عندما تحميه

  • Loff
    Loff 4 months ago

    Bowuie Knife

  • atarBaktar
    atarBaktar 4 months ago

    ROFL...I have been watching your videos for a good while now..and as the man who "wrote the books" (literally) on doing pattern welded steel..all I can say is..(as W. Churchill would say) K.B.O. .. I love your general "attitude" ..as I was pretty much the same way you are when I was waaay back when... So all in all..keep on chivying on...as they say,,,, BRAVO!!!
    FAB.. Dr.. Jim Hrisoulas

  • Pete Wood
    Pete Wood 4 months ago

    Great stuff

  • Shane Osborne
    Shane Osborne 4 months ago

    Damascus can you meteorite?

  • Karol Ciezkiewicz
    Karol Ciezkiewicz 5 months ago

    Alec... why you're not using your awesome lathe to do all that twisting?

  • TheW3lshGamer
    TheW3lshGamer 5 months ago

    NOW THAT'S A KNOIFFE

  • Raxor
    Raxor 5 months ago

    ginger!! argh.. the soulless blacksmith

  • tachikoma10101011
    tachikoma10101011 5 months ago

    sometimes when you close your eyes with your glasses on you look like an old lady. Love the videos btw keep it up sir.

  • ravensong711
    ravensong711 5 months ago

    Is the stuff falling off when you twist it pieces of metal?

  • Wilson Story
    Wilson Story 5 months ago

    This man starts with Smithing 100 in Skyrim.

  • Tomasz Wójcik
    Tomasz Wójcik 5 months ago

    I think, you love the steel.

  • Tomasz Wójcik
    Tomasz Wójcik 5 months ago

    Madness as usual! But I love that!

  • Sniper Life17
    Sniper Life17 5 months ago

    What is the powder you use to join the metal together

  • Vade Death
    Vade Death 5 months ago +1

    What if you make a special drill bit and use a very powerful drill to twist the metal

  • AZ 1
    AZ 1 5 months ago

    Counter clock wise not anti clock wise hahaha lmao

  • p0w3r cr3at0r
    p0w3r cr3at0r 5 months ago

    It doesn't even take that long

  • Ian Hanley
    Ian Hanley 6 months ago

    I enjoy this guy’s smithing but I find his enthusiasm too much 😂

  • TheFreshprinceofcali
    TheFreshprinceofcali 6 months ago

    Newbie here, what is all that stuff flaking off when he is twisting the metal?

  • SkaReKrow GX
    SkaReKrow GX 7 months ago

    I'm not a blacksmith I'm a machinist and I would suggest next Tim square the stock on the mill then kiss it in square on the surface grinder

  • Mohamed Hanafy
    Mohamed Hanafy 7 months ago

    Any new vids

  • Matthew McDonnell
    Matthew McDonnell 7 months ago

    There has to be an easier way to make churros?!!??!

  • Isaiah Stimson
    Isaiah Stimson 8 months ago

    The scale falling off is so satisfing

  • Screenplay Gamer
    Screenplay Gamer 8 months ago

    What is the stuff coming off the metal when he twists it and is it possible to reforge the stuff that comes off into a tool or blade or something?

  • snowmanak1
    snowmanak1 8 months ago

    its amazing how you are switching so constantly between Mig/Tig/Arc, and are able to do them so consistently well, even after periods of not using them. i had started with Tig welding, then went to experimented and practiced with MIG, tried switching back and definitely had to have a few practice beads.
    Side note: have you tried oxy-acetylene welding for layering your damascus metals? or even just to try it out? it feels very similar to TIG welding, just no foot pedal.
    Great Videos!

  • Kilroy Was Here
    Kilroy Was Here 8 months ago

    Playing Twist and Shout while you were twisting the steel, that was a nice touch

  • Adrian King
    Adrian King 8 months ago

    Love your videos , you remind me of a cross between Tin Tin and a mad scientist ! I’ve been a welder fabricator and engineer for 35 years so I see that you have a high skill level , well done keep it up ! The herring bone pattern was common in Viking, Saxon and ancient briton swords ⚔️ they just drew the bar out , twisted it and put it together alternating the twists interlocking them , one sloping up and the other sloping down without grinding them flat as the ridges interlock to each other whilst being forged , but the swordmaker cleaned the slag and scale off them first as you would , Hope this helps and keep it up you’re amazing for a youngster !

  • Tom Vapes
    Tom Vapes 8 months ago

    Watching the scale fall off with twisting is surprisingly relaxing lol

  • LilMeln
    LilMeln 8 months ago

    You should use the scale that comes off the steel for knife scales , mix the dust with resin . Thatd be a cool project

  • Will Wade
    Will Wade 8 months ago

    You could have rough milled those bars first to cut the time.

  • Will Wade
    Will Wade 8 months ago

    If you had a metal lathe you could twist those easily.

  • Mateo López
    Mateo López 9 months ago

    What a badass

  • Human Being
    Human Being 9 months ago

    The forbidden redvine

  • Tank JoyRide
    Tank JoyRide 9 months ago

    alec get jaymee a tripod you need a hand when you twist steel seriously

  • jukebox symposium
    jukebox symposium 9 months ago

    What is a good start up strategy, buy/build furnace, buy/build hammers, buy/build anvils, etc...

  • Scott Fawcett
    Scott Fawcett 10 months ago

    Never Change man, I am hooked on watch you create masterpieces!!

  • DanGoodShot pewpew
    DanGoodShot pewpew 10 months ago

    WHY? Do all youtubers say "us, we and we're" instead of "I, me and I'm". It's not like anyone is there with him(cameraman excluded). By time anyone is watching this that thing has long been done. Crazy man. Just crazy.

  • yoyo699's Channel
    yoyo699's Channel 10 months ago

    Why did i think the thumbnail was a rack of ribs to begin with ahaha

  • Cale Crenshaw
    Cale Crenshaw 10 months ago

    Never heard it referred is anti clockwise, heard counter clockwise

  • Benjamin Collins
    Benjamin Collins 10 months ago

    Hey @alecsteele Big fan of Bowies Big fan of You! Keep up the wonderful work you do

  • Tainted Knight
    Tainted Knight 11 months ago

    Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the work shop © Alec Steele

  • Kalle Kivelä
    Kalle Kivelä 11 months ago

    Why do you allways work from so much metal

  • DrFruityLoops
    DrFruityLoops 11 months ago

    When does he not make damascus stuff like I get it looks cool but it gets old

  • Pankaj Chouhan vlog
    Pankaj Chouhan vlog 11 months ago

    Use leth machine to rotate them easily

  • rotary mania
    rotary mania 11 months ago

    I'd love to be a blacksmith suck a badass and historical art

  • Robert Ford
    Robert Ford 11 months ago

    You should do a Damascus blade with a color metal mixed in. Like brass or copper or something.

  • Frank
    Frank 11 months ago

    With as much steel as you stack for Damascus, why haven't you built a stacking/welding jig for this task?

  • Lucas Conner
    Lucas Conner 11 months ago +1

    not going to lie, when I saw the thumb nail i thought *grilled hotdogs with mustard oo*

  • ThatsStraight UpBullshit
    ThatsStraight UpBullshit 11 months ago

    i've the most respect for you. Thats hard work

  • Cordestian
    Cordestian 11 months ago

    "so these pieces should no- oh they're still hot" 😂

  • John Nicholas
    John Nicholas 11 months ago

    So clockwise and anticlockwise wouldn't that just be upside down?

  • John Nicholas
    John Nicholas 11 months ago

    So clockwise and anticlockwise wouldn't that just be upside down?

  • Richard Hansloe
    Richard Hansloe Year ago

    You look like the little weird brother on Malcom in the middle. On roids, but your channel is great on mute!

  • John Blood
    John Blood Year ago

    Oi! you have a license to make that knoife!?

  • Hunter's Moon
    Hunter's Moon Year ago

    Is the knife going to be called David?

  • Michael Bacon
    Michael Bacon Year ago

    Hey Alex Steele I'm a new subscriber and was so seeing if you could do a piece for me????? Was curious about a straight razor and if you have done them.

  • HazarDemon
    HazarDemon Year ago

    Alec how much would it cost to have a custom made knife made by you?

  • Matz_
    Matz_ Year ago

    AMAZING and very interesting video

  • Edrick Theo
    Edrick Theo Year ago

    damascus chef knive please

  • Bobby Blair
    Bobby Blair Year ago

    It is so satisfying to watch the scale pop off of freshly twisted damascus, ain't it guys?

  • Colton Huskinson
    Colton Huskinson Year ago

    This dude's stuff is awesome. Been binge watching all weekend.